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Advanced technologies for leading teaching and education practice

Situated in the School of Education, the Edith Cowan Institute for Education Research seeks to further Edith Dircksey Cowan's contribution to education and Australian society, with a mission to conduct education research that has high social and educational impacts.

Project aims

This sub-project, led by led by Emeritus Professor Mark Hackling, involves the development of sophisticated video and audio capture of teaching and learning behaviour.

Combined with computer-based analysis the project will investigate the relationships between teacher behaviour, student engagement in learning and learning outcomes for improved teacher effectiveness.

It will result in:

  • research methodology advancement in the application of sophisticated capture and analysis of digital data to investigate teaching and learning behaviour; and
  • expansion of the scope of current research using video-based methodologies at ECU and partner universities, allowing ECU and its Australian partners to leverage their respective infrastructure and expertise for cross-cultural studies with international partners.

Project partners

The partners within this sub-project are:

  • Professor David Clarke from the University of Melbourne; and
  • Professor Russell Tytler from Deakin University

Future aims

The future aims of this CRN sub-project are to:

  • Continue to build ECU staff capacity to conduct high quality video-based research;
  • Further expand the scope and disciplinary focus of video-based research at ECU, including opportunities for cross-disciplinary research;
  • Consolidate the established research collaboration with CRN partner universities (Deakin University, University of Melbourne, Victoria University) and increase the number of researchers involved;
  • Continue to expand ECU’s network of collaborations with university partners and industry partners in order to leverage their respective expertise and infrastructure for mutual benefit;
  • Build stronger internal collaborations with ECU researchers affiliated with the CRN sub-projects in Health Advancement and Child Health Promotion;
  • Conduct quality video-based research and actively promote the effective integration of classroom video into pre-service and in-service teacher education at local, national and international levels.
  • Establish ECU as being at the cutting-edge of video-based classroom research through expansion into immersive, 360 degree video capabilities and innovative use of video in pre-service and in-service teacher education.

These aims will be achieved through a number of strategies, including:

  • Continuing to provide opportunities for staff research capacity-building through support mechanisms such as the Data Analysis Group, Research Advisory service provided by the Edith Cowan Institute for Education Research, and support from Faculty-based Research Development Officers.
  • Using current collaborative projects with interstate and international partners as a means for expanding the network of researchers (staff and HDR students) involved in video-based research;
  • Actively seeking to develop research projects and programs that will benefit children and young people by bringing together researchers with expertise in education, child health and health advancement;
  • Creating opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration through shared investigation and application of immersive (360 degree) video and data visualisation approaches;
  • Continuing the important relationship and collaboration with iVEC in order to develop and maintain the necessary technical expertise to implement a range of approaches to video-based research and data visualisation.


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